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MILITARY enthusiasts paid tribute to the Falklands War at this year’s Tangmere Military Aviation Museum show.

The museum near Chichester opened its doors to mark the 30th anniversary of the conflict in the South Atlantic and also 30 years since the attraction first opened.

There were static aircraft displays where people got hands-on with a navy Sea Harrier and presentations from Falklands veterans, along with Tangmere’s usual historic RAF planes and classic cars.

But it was a display from a 1941 Spitfire which stole the show before disappearing into the perfect ‘Battle of Britain’ blue sky on Sunday.

Falklands veterans present included Sea Harrier pilots Commander Robin Kent and Wing Commander Tony Harper of No.1 squadron, Commander Mike Leaning of HMS Plymouth, C130 Hercules pilot Captain Laurie Ramage, Wing Commander Fred Troweran and Wing Commander Martin Blunkell, who was part of the team which re-established the air base in Port Stanley after the end of the conflict.

A museum spokesman said: ‘At about 2.15pm the crowd started gathering along the edge of the old airfield and, right on schedule, low from the north came that sound and sight which brings a lump to one’s throat – the roar of a Merlin and the sleek profile of a lone Spitfire streaking in.

‘A wonderful day enjoyed by all who attended.’